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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Carolynn Kohn

First Committee Member

Roseann Hannon

Second Committee Member

Gary Howells


There is growing research suggesting that individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia are impaired in their ability to recognize and express facial emotions. However, research examining the effects of treatment on facial emotion expression and recognition deficits is extremely limited. This study examined the effects of a brief training program on the ability to express and recognize facial emotions among individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia ( N = 6). Assessment procedures included identification (photo and in vivo models), imitation, and simulation. The training program consisted of 8 sessions, lasting approximately 20–30 min. The first training session consisted of a discussion about the six basic emotions (happy, sad, surprised, fearful, angry, disgusted). The next seven training sessions included identification (photo and in vivo models), imitation, and simulation of each of the six basic emotions. Verbal reinforcement and feedback were used to increase performance. The results indicated that performance improved for all tasks from baseline to treatment, and maintained during a 3-week follow up period.




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